MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27: Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The company announced, that the Denver-based chain would not use the GMO's, which is an organism whose genome has been altered via genetic engineering in the food served at Chipotle Mexican Grills.

It may not be Taco Tuesday but it’s always a good time for tacos. They are one of the most popular foods in the country and for good reason. In fact, our overall consumption of the Mexican food going up by 12.8% since the start of the pandemic. I know for me it was sone of the first restaurants I wanted to go back to in person, because queso just isn’t the same to go! (Neither is that extra large margarita).┬áThis prompted data analysts at the market research firm TOP Data to seek out the most popular Mexican fast food in America.

To do this, they analyzed a combination of GPS tracking data from all the major taco restaurant chains. Also considered were the results of a survey of 1,000 Americans. They concluded that Taco Bell has seen the most growth this year with a 4.5% increase in visits since the start of the 2022. But the most popular? That title goes to Chipotle Mexican Grill which won the top spot in 17 states.

Taco Bell was the runner-up, claiming the crown in 11 states. Others that won at least one state include Qdoba Mexican Eats, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Del Taco, Baja Fresh, and Taco John’s.

Keep reading to see the top 5 favorite Mexican fast food restaurants in North and South Carolina plus the states each restaurant ranks as the favorite in!